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Brian F. Palmer

June 16, 1990 — October 19, 2023

Brian Franklin Palmer (33), a witty and fun-loving individual, unexpectedly passed away of natural causes on October 19, 2023.

He was born on June 16, 1990, in New Milford, CT. He was a graduate of Science Hill High School in Johnson City, TN and Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Brian spent the last 4 years living and working in Sonoma, CA.

Brian was truly a “Helluva Engineer” and held a Professional License in Electrical Engineering, specializing in wireless communications. He loved being an engineer and was getting ready to take a new step in his career to join the FCC. He was a loving husband, son, and brother, as well as a generous and loyal friend to many; Brian was the glue that helped hold teams and families together.

He was a dedicated fan of Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Braves, but loved nearly all sports and would watch or listen to any game he found on the TV or radio. With an extensive collection of guitars and records, he held a deep appreciation for both playing and listening to music. In his free time, Brian could often be found playing golf, exploring different breweries, grilling out, and doing the daily New York Times crossword. A perfect day for him was being with his family and friends on the California Coast eating oysters and drinking an IPA, with a stop at Iron Horse Vineyards for a glass of champagne on the way home.

Brian was the kindest and goofiest person you would ever meet. He was always cracking jokes and was very easygoing – he never knew a stranger. His genuine joy and love of life taught the rest of us to find fun and happiness in every day; the world is a lesser place without him.

Brian leaves behind his beloved wife of 3 years, Lesley (Chesnut) Palmer of Sonoma, CA; parents, Lynn and Linda Palmer of Johnson City, TN; sister, Kathryn Palmer, also of Johnson City; a host of Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and in-laws across the country; as well as the family cat, Taco, his little helper.

The family of Brian Palmer will receive friends from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home in Johnson City, TN. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM.

Brian will be laid to rest in Monte Vista Memorial Park in a private family ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to either Pets Lifeline of Sonoma, CA or First Harvest Food Bank of Gray, TN in his name.

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